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God's Chinese Son

The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom of Hong Xiuquan
  • By Jonathan D. Spence
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Whether read for its powerful account of the largest uprising in human history, or for its foreshadowing of the terrible convulsions suffered by twentieth-century China, or for the narrative power of a great historian at his best, God's Chinese Son must be read. At the center of this history of China's Taiping rebellion (1845-64) stands Hong Xiuquan, a failed student of Confucian doctrine who ascends to heaven in a dream and meets his heavenly family: God, Mary, and his older brother, Jesus. He returns to earth charged to eradicate the "demon-devils," the alien Manchu rulers of China. His success carries him and his followers to the heavenly capital at Nanjing, where they rule a large part of south China for more than a decade. Their decline and fall, wrought by internal division and the unrelenting military pressures of the Manchus and the Western powers, carry them to a hell on earth. Twenty million Chinese are left dead.

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  • Additional Details
    • SKU: 9780393315561
    • Manufacturer: W W Norton & Co
    • Language of Text: English
    • ISBN 13: 9780393315561
    • Publication Date: 12/01/1996
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: Jonathan D. Spence
    • Page Count: 432
    • Width: 6.13 inches
    • Height: 1.05 inches
    • Length: 9.19 inches
    • Weight: 1.34 pounds
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